Jordi Torres was delighted at his rapid turnaround at Imola which saw him claim his first podium finish in the World Superbike class in race two.

Just two days ago the Spaniard had struggled to come to terms with the tricky Imola layout, ending Friday afternoon 14th overall.

Having qualified sixth, Torres made a crucial error in race one, running off track at turn one before crashing out at Tosa when attempting to make up lost ground.

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His team managed to recover his bike between the races and he quickly set about challenging team-mate Leon Haslam and Davide Giugliano to claim third place, some 26 seconds behind the race winner.

"It's incredible," he said after the race. "After the practice sessions on Friday I thought that this was a difficult track with chicanes that are my weak point and a very narrow track.

"In Race 1 I had a few problems with the gearbox. I was struggling in downshifting and in the end I had to withdraw after running straight on. The guys did a great job fixing my bike for Race 2 and this third place goes to them."

Torres became the ninth ever Spaniard to place inside the top three in the class and believes the speed shown around a new track bodes well for the rest of the year.

"I have definitely changed my opinion on this track," he smiled. "Now I think it is the best one in the world! Seriously though, I'm very pleased with the improvements we made.

On a new track we did a great job. I think that on tracks we know we'll be able to confirm our progress."

Torres' third place consolidated his fifth place in the championship. The Spaniard now sits 24 points behind Chaz Davies.